flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Definition of flabby

1 : lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid
2 : weak and ineffective : feeble

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Other Words from flabby

flabbily \ ˈfla-​bə-​lē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \ adverb
flabbiness \ ˈfla-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce flabby (audio) \ noun

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Examples of flabby in a Sentence

his daughter playfully poked at his flabby belly
Recent Examples on the Web The flabby, violent, ineffective police state that advances nightly through plumes of tear gas is the dreary and inevitable outcome of the unspoken and unexamined political consensus. David Roth, The New Republic, 11 June 2020 But that flabby and inert expression is not just a stylistic problem. David Roth, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2020 In that sense, this Netflix presentation falls victim to what's increasingly an issue with entries within the true-crime genre: Finding a gripping story, then telling it in a disjointed, flabby way. Brian Lowry, CNN, 26 Feb. 2020 For the even slightly flabby, a leather shirt accentuates imperfections. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2020 He was disregarded as a potential champion then, mocked for his flabby frame even though his fast hands and skills pointed to a boxer with talent. Steve Douglas, The Denver Post, 5 Dec. 2019 Plastic surgeons have developed lucrative businesses in Florida that cater to the aging, the wrinkled, the flabby and the obsessive. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Nov. 2019 But the story there is frustratingly coy, the scenes flabby with excess time, air and heft. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, 12 Sep. 2019 The Mets have benefited also from playing in a league that looks pretty flabby behind the elite teams like the Dodgers, Braves and Cubs. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of flabby

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flabby

alteration of flappy

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“Flabby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabby. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for flabby


flab·​by | \ ˈfla-bē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Kids Definition of flabby

: not hard and firm flabby arms

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness noun


flab·​by | \ ˈflab-ē How to pronounce flabby (audio) \
flabbier; flabbiest

Medical Definition of flabby

: lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness \ ˈflab-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce flabby (audio) \ noun

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